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Genus Mesocoelopus

Little brown - Mesocoelopus collaris Little brown - Mesocoelopus collaris Beetle 9520 - Mesocoelopus collaris Beetle 9520 - Mesocoelopus collaris small coleo - Mesocoelopus collaris ptinid - Mesocoelopus collaris ptinid - Mesocoelopus collaris
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Bostrichoidea (Carpet, Powder-post and Death-watch Beetles)
Family Ptinidae (Death-watch and Spider Beetles)
Subfamily Mesocoelopodinae
Genus Mesocoelopus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
type species: Mesocoelopus niger (Müller 1821) (Europe)
Explanation of Names
Mesocoelopus Jacquelin du Val 1860
Numbers
A single (adventive) species in our area(1); worldwide, ca. 30 spp. described, but many still to be discovered
Size
1.3-4.5 mm
Identification
similar to Lasioderma in body shape and antennae, but legs are retractable into grooves of the underside
Range
An Old World genus, most diverse in Africa
Food
Larvae are wood-borers (insofar as known)
Remarks
our only representative of the tribe Mesocoelopodini Mulsant & Rey 1864
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.